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The Southern 100 road races due to take place in July on the Isle of Man have been cancelled because of the impact of the coronavirus on availability of medics.

“We would have insufficient cover to run the races on the scheduled dates or any other,” race organisers said in a statement.

The Isle of Man TT in June had already been cancelled because of the pandemic.

Organisers said: “After consultation with the club’s Chief Medical Officer regarding the availability of doctors and paramedics to cover the races, many of whom travel from the UK, that it is unlikely that they will able to leave their respective positions.”

Many island-based medics would be “similarly occupied” at Noble’s Hospital and Ramsey Cottage Hospital and would be “unlikely to be allowed to take leave”.

A mandatory 14 day self-isolation period for anyone arriving on the island could also lead to a shortage of race marshals for the event, organisers added.

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